BOLD in Business Expo
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5
11630 Caroline Road, Philadelphia
Meet the Sponsors Breakfast: 8 am – 8:30 am
Bold in Business Expo: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Flavors of the Northeast: 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
BOLD in Business Expo and Flavors of the Northeast draw regional professionals to F.O.P. Lodge #5
Sixty vendors offering a wide variety of services from banking to beverages and technology to tortellini packed the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5 hall in the Far Northeast May 12 as part of the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s BOLD in Business Expo and Flavors of the Northeast food extravaganza.
Hundreds of businesspersons networked throughout the Expo, the title sponsor of which was Crown Holdings, the packaging giant whose world headquarters is in Northeast Philadelphia. The Flavors of the Northeast event followed the Expo in an adjoining hall and was sponsored by Beneficial Bank, the oldest and largest bank headquartered in Philadelphia.
The GNPCC springtime Expo has long been one of the business advocate’s signature events. It has undergone a number of changes and venues since its inception, and had been held for the last several years at Holy Family University.
The change to the F.O.P. Lodge facility, a sparkling and spacious spot on Caroline Road, just off Comly, was a delight to the vendors. A significant time change (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and separate event for the food vendors (12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.) was a marked departure from past Expos, which combined all vendors in the same exhibition space and was accompanied by a corporate-sponsored lunch.
A business-to-business event, admission was free only with a business card. The Flavors event was $15 per person or $10 with a stamped Expo ticket.
The return of pipe-and-drape vendor space—something the GNPCC had not done since the late 1970s at old Ilona Keller’s Dugan’s Restaurant—provided a more manageable floor and greater visibility for the businesses and non-profits.
“Our goal was to professionalize the event from the standpoint of the vendors,” said GNPCC President Pam Henshall, who chaired the Expo committee. “That meant we had to sharpen the look, attract decision-makers and other businesspeople, and have food and fun waiting for everybody when the Expo ended. I think we did that today.”
Erin Phovilaychit, director of business development at Community Integrated Services, who has participated in the last five GNPCC Expos, was thrilled with the changes.
“We are very happy with what we see,” she said, occupying space with Danielle Sweeney, a CIS business development specialist. “For us, frankly, we needed to see businesspeople who are actually interested in our services to make the investment here worthwhile.”
Teresa Pratt, a regional sales manager for Sonitrol Security of the Delaware Valley, agreed.
“The pipe-and-drape booths are a great addition,” she said. “There’s a healthy level of activity, and we’re able to market our products and services in a more professional atmosphere.”
F.O.P. Lodge #5 President John McNesby, who represents 14,000 members, was all smiles as he walked throughout the hall. The F.O.P. Lodge No. 5 booth won the inaugural “Best Display Award” for their attractively decorated space.
“This is a great event, and very professionally organized,” he said. “I am thrilled to see so many people here. We have a great relationship with the Northeast Chamber and today is proof of that.”
In addition to Crown Holdings and Beneficial Bank, Philadelphia Federal Credit Union and Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5 were corporate sponsors. Sonitrol Security, Parx Casino, Wawa, and Nazareth Hospital were executive sponsors.
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Bigger and Bolder than ever!
Join us as we transform our yearly Business Expo into a BOLD way to network and connect to the Northeast Philadelphia business community. The most anticipated networking event of the year for business professionals to learn about products & services to help their business exceed goals and network with other industry professionals.
This year we are shaking things up and packing in two great events on one day!
Our Bold in Business Expo begins with Meet the Sponsors Breakfast from 8:00 – 8:30 am and our Bold in Business Expo from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm with 65+ sponsors and exhibitors. New this year we will complete the day with Flavors of the Northeast from 12:30 – 2:30 pm.
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2016 Sponsors and Exhibitors! – SOLD OUT!
Title Sponsor Crown Holdings, Inc.
Flavors of the Northeast Sponsor
Booth# SA9 – Beneficial Bank
Booth# 20 – Murphy Business & Financial Corp. – Eastern PA
Booth# 21 – The Philadelphia Protestant Home
Booth# 22 – Northeast Times
Booth# 23 – Simplifi Payroll
Booth# 24 – Royal Bank America
Booth# 25 – National Penn
Booth# 26 – Community College of Philadelphia
Booth# 27 – Morey’s Piers
Booth# 28 – Village Restaurant and Catering
Booth# 29 – M&T Bank
Booth# 30 – BQ Basement Systems
Booth# 31 – Livengrin Foundation for Addiction Recovery
Booth# 32 – PECO
Booth# 33 – Cradle of Liberty Council, Boy Scouts
Booth# 34 – McMenamin Family Shop Rite
Booth# 35 – Comcast Business
Booth# 36 – Glen Foerd on the Delaware
Booth# 37 – AARP
Booth# 38 – Tompkins VIST Bank
Booth #39 – New Courtland Senior Services
Booth# 40 – AAA
Booth# 41 – Fire & Life Safety Solutions
Booth# 42 – PATH (People Acting To Help)
Booth# 43 – Total Technology Resources
Booth# 44 – Catholic Community Services/CUA #4
Booth #45 – Rhawnhurst NORC
Booth# 46 – American Heritage Federal Credit Union
Booth# 47 – Bath Fitter
Booth# 48 – Temple Health
Booth# 49 – Archbishop Ryan High School
Booth# 50 – Sun Federal Credit Union
Booth #51 – FastSigns of Willow Grove
Booth #52 – Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation [PIDC]
Booth# 53 – VMC Thrift Store – Veterans Multi-Service Center
Booth# 54 – Sunshine Foundation
Booth# 55 – ServPro of Tacony, Mayfair, Lawndale
Booth# 56 – PNC Bank
Booth# 57 – Inverse Paradox
Booth# 58 – Community Integrated Services
Booth #59 – Sunshine Foundation
Booth# 60 – Wesley Enhanced Living